Nicole Stephens


Ready to go on your honeymoon…… but want to go some place different? A place you don’t usually see on your Instagram time line?  San Miguel de Allende is the perfect location for you, located in Central Mexico on top of a volcano, this charming city has been voted best city in the world for the past two years!

 Walk the cobble stone streets; take a private walking tour to learn the history of the city. Stop in the famous central plaza and buy one of fabulous handmade flower crowns.  Continue to explore the amazing art galleries in the area and then end your day with a reservation at one of the many 5 star restaurants.

 You will fall in love with the vibrant colors of the buildings and stunning architecture. Take a trip to one of the nearby wineries and relax with your spouse in the vineyard. If you are up for a real adventure take in a traditional bull riding show! San Miguel de Allende has the right mix of charm and adventure for the perfect honeymoon gets away.

 I recommend staying at Dos Casas Hotel. It is a wonderful 5 star hotel right in the heart of San Miguel that offers a free room upgrade and it is home to one of the top 3 restaurants in the city, Aperi! The fresh food and unique menu is not to be missed. Lastly end your day with a couples massage. Trust me this 90-minute massage will have you already booking your next trip.

Things to Do:

Site Seeing

  • Hot Springs – La Gruta
  • Wineries – Hacienda San Jose Lavista ,  Cuna De Tierra
  • Toy Museum – La Esquina Toy Museum
  • Casa Dragones Tasting  – World’s tiniest tequila bar
  • La Parroquia – World famous church of San Miguel de Allende
  • Doce 18  – Concept House – Upscale shopping and trendy food court
  • Hot air balloon ride

Top Venues

  • Atrio Restaurant
  • Aperi Restaurant
  • Casa Nostra Restaurant Terrace Bar
  • Cuna De Tierra
  • Zumo
  • Quince

Night Life

  • El Grito Night Club

Paris, France is known to be the city of romance and it more than lives up to its name. The magic of the city engulfs you as soon as you touch down. From waking up to fresh backed croissants in the morning. To grabbing a glass of wine at lunch time, to bar hoping at night underneath the bright lights of the Eiffel Tower. This is the perfect location for anyone looking for a getaway full of culture, art and fashion.

While in Paris I stayed at the Le Narcisse Blanc Hotel & Spa. This 5 star hotel is everything you want while staying in Paris. The hotel is steps away from the Eiffel Tower and offers and indoor pool and a world class spa, plus fine dinning.  The staff is warm and extremely helpful with recommendations and directions. My personal favorite part of my stay was breakfast being delivered each morning and set up in our salon space! (Fresh orange juice and warm croissants were a lovey added touch.)

We all know that you will find the best fashion and shopping France. Le Bon Marche is an absolute most when shopping in Paris. It has every high end store you can think of and it is gorgeous inside. Your girl got her very first pair of Chanel shoes here!  (They may be my only pair of life, but you only live once!) . Another great shopping location is Galeries Lafayette. It is a spectacular upmarket French department store. Check out their first floor for some of the best macarons of your life at Pierre Hermé Paris. At night if you are looking for a place to eat, I recommend making a reservation at Les Ombres! The food is superb and the view of the Eiffel Tower is enchanting. Be sure to look your absolute best, this is definitely an instagramable spot.

Hawaii has always been on my bucket list of places I wanted to visit and in 2017 I made it happen. Hawaii is made up of eight islands, I visited Oahu and Big Island during my trip. Honolulu is the capital of Hawaii and the first place I wanted to see. I stayed in the Waikiki area which was a great choice as it is filled with lots of restaurants, night life, shopping and of course the gorgeous beach! I spent 12 days in Hawaii and did numerous activities! See below for a breakdown of must do activities in both Oahu and Big Island!


Diamond Head State Monument Park

Ladies and gentleman I am not much of a hiker! I prefer more of a relaxing laid back vacations, but the hike up Diamond Head was worth all the sweat, exhaustion and possible asthma attack LOL. This hike trail is about 1.6 miles round trip from top to bottom. There are some very steep inclines and the rocks can be slippery, (so please be careful). The view from the top is worth every step of this hike, you can see the beautiful ocean for miles around. If you want to walk light to the hike please know  you need $1 to enter the trail. (Don’t forget to walk with cash like myself and have to pray for a nice check-in person.)

Pearl Harbor

This had to be the most touching and moving part of my trip. During our visit to Pearl Harbor we were able to visit the Battleship Missouri memorial and the USS Arizona Memorial. A very humbling experience and a chance to revisit some US history. Highly recommend paying a visit. 

Polynesian Cultural Center

We took a full day tour to the Polynesian Cultural Center. This is a real life living museum where you learn about all the different island nations of Hawaii and the people in each region. We played ancient games, learned about the different cultures of the native tribes of each island and walked through replicas of villages of the time.  We then got to enjoy a huge luau with incredible food and performances. We ended the night at the pacific theater they have on site and was treated to a great broadway show. This is definitely one of the highlights of the trip. After this tour I really felt like I had a better sense of the history of Hawaii.

Dole Plantation

If you like pineapples this is the place for you. I have never seen so many pineapples, or food that involve pineapples ever! Pretty cool and cute place to visit.

Hanauma Bay

If snorkeling is your thing, Hanauma Bay is the place to go. The water is one of the bluest and clearest you will ever see. Unfortunately, I could not swim at the time so I spent my time sun bathing. I also went to Kailua Beach which is known to be one of the most beautiful beaches on Oahu!

Last but not least, I visited Ahupau o khana State Park!

Also known as Jurassic World. Here I saw some of the places where Jurassic park was filmed and went zip lining and ATV riding. I was scared for my life for both activities, but after I was so excited that I did them.

Big Island

Rainbow Falls

Our first stop in Big Island was to Rainbow Falls. It is huge and magical. We were able to stop here and kill some time until our aribnb was ready. There is no fee and you can drive up and park right next to the falls!

Hot Springs

Don’t kill me! I can’t remember which hot springs we went to, but I do remember it was hard to find! Our GPS took us all over until we found the unmarked street that lead us to the hot springs. One of nature’s wonders and we made it extra fun by bring water guns! I highly recommend visiting a hot pond if you are in this region

Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park

You cannot go to Big Island without visiting Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park! I saw real life lava up close and personal for the first time in my life here. Don’t forget to bring a sweater, the weather is colder here as you go higher up on the volcano. At night there is a tour where you can see the laval glow in the dark!

Helicopter ride While on the Big Island we were able to take a helicopter ride over Waikoloa village. It was a beautiful way to see the landscape of Big Island. Blue Hawaiian Helicopters took good care of us.

We have all been there. Work is sending you for one night to a great location, but you are alone and think what a waste, right? Wrong! In my life as an events specialist, I have to travel for work often and I have learned how to make the most out of those trips. As a travel blogger, please find my top 3 tips for getting the most out of your work travel.

Try to leave the Saturday/ Sunday night before the trip
Now this one can be tricky depending on the day you need to travel for work. However, if you need to travel for work on a Monday, go ahead and leave a couple of nights earlier. Find a cute Airbnb, or hotel and make a weekend out of it. Explore the new city, grab brunch, and check out a museum, or google the best lounge they have to grab a drink. Give yourself the chance to get to know your new location, before you have to head to that client meeting, or new office. You will feel way more relaxed come Monday morning for work and you will have found some cool places in a city you otherwise may not have visited

Connect with old friends
Work travel is always a great excuse to connect with friends you may not have seen in a while. Reach out to them ahead of time, grab drinks, or go to brunch. This is the perfect time to connect and have someone you know show you around. Have them tell you where the best place is to stay in town and what activities you should definitely try to make time for while you are there.

Work trips tend to be very quick and they are jam packed with meetings. The next thing you know, you are back on the plane headed home, extremely tried for the short trip. If you are staying at a nice hotel and do not have a friend in the city to hang out with, go ahead and treat yourself to some pampering. Book a massage, facial, maybe a mani and pedi and treat yourself to a little get away pleasure. Get a glass of wine, relax and treat the trip like the getaway you deserve.

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